Culture to Cunning
(Cul"ture) n. [F. culture, L. cultura, fr. colere to till, cultivate; of uncertain origin. Cf. Colony.]
1. The act or practice of cultivating, or of preparing the earth for seed and raising crops by tillage; as,
the culture of the soil.
2. The act of, or any labor or means employed for, training, disciplining, or refining the moral and intellectual
nature of man; as, the culture of the mind.
If vain our toil
We ought to blame the culture, not the soil.
3. The state of being cultivated; result of cultivation; physical improvement; enlightenment and discipline
acquired by mental and moral training; civilization; refinement in manners and taste.
What the Greeks expressed by their paidei`a, the Romans by their humanitas, we less happily try to
express by the more artificial word culture.
J. C. Shairp.
The list of all the items of the general life of a people represents that whole which we call its culture. Culture fluid, a fluid in which the germs of microscopic organisms are made to develop, either for purposes
of study or as a means of modifying their virulence.
(Cul"ture), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cultured (-t?rd; 135); p. pr. & vb. n. Culturing.] To cultivate; to
They came . . . into places well inhabited and cultured.
1. Under culture; cultivated. "Cultured vales." Shenstone.
2. Characterized by mental and moral training; disciplined; refined; well-educated.
The sense of beauty in nature, even among cultured people, is less often met with than other mental
The cunning hand and cultured brain.
(Cul"ture*less), a. Having no culture.
1. A cultivator.
2. One who is an advocate of culture.
The culturists, by which term I mean not those who esteem culture (as what intelligent man does not)
but those its exclusive advocates who recommend it as the panacea for all the ills of humanity, for its
effects in cultivating the whole man.
J. C. Shairp
(||Cul"tus) n. sing. & pl.; E. pl. Cultuses [L., cultivation, culture. See Cult.] Established or
accepted religious rites or usages of worship; state of religious development. Cf. Cult, 2.
(Cul"tus cod`) [Chinook cultus of little worth.] (Zoöl.) See Cod, and Buffalo cod, under
(Cul"ver) n. [AS. culfre, perh. fr. L. columba.] A dove. "Culver in the falcon's fist." Spenser.